While I have been living in London, I have really enjoyed grabbing the free magazines on offer as I’m nipping into the tube of a weekday to head to work.
Some (depending on where you live) are available in the mornings, some in the evenings.
I’ve fallen into a bit of a routine at my stop, Time Out Tuesday morning, Stylist Wednesday morning, Shortlist Thursday morning and Evening Standard magazine Thursday afternoon, and for the purposes of this review; Sport and NME on Friday.
I decided that a little bit of a round-up was necessary to inform people who don’t live here what is on offer and what they are about, and as a bit of a light hearted look into the everyday life of the city.
I have a bit of a guilty secret here, I LOVE magazines, no I don’t think you quite understand; I absolutely LOVE them.
Where do I begin?. I love the texture, the cool glossy high fashion one’s the matt texture of the more hipster one’s, the papery/card goodness of the ‘craft’ type one’s, they are all good in my view.
Whenever I have had to move house, it has always been a wrench having to downsize and declutter my magazine collection (and books, but that’s a whole ‘nother blog post).
So for this week, here is my round-up:
1.ES Magazine: Evening Standard magazine -Toffee Paradise
This is the type of magazine you imagine the Made In Chelsea cast would read as they probably know all the people featured within.
This week’s edition is particularly special as it features It Model of the moment Sam Rollinson,who has a strong look and seems refreshingly down to earth. Not quite ES magazine’s usual style so I’m giving them props for this one.
Though if you enjoy their usual fare of unaffordable buys and outrageously gauche items as I do for the comedy value, you can indulge in their article about Cambodia.
It includes a quote at the end for a nine day trip taking in Song Saa, Phnom Penh and Siem Riep with accommodation, transfers, airfares, guides and entrance fees for a steal at 5,797 GBP!. Which, lets be serious is probably half of what I spend on all my holidays combined over a year!.
There’s also a regular column at the back which is called ‘My London’ and can be very entertaining; like this week as it features a man who goes by the name of ‘Prosper Assouline’ I kid you not.
2. Stylist – Fashion and Beauty with a side of feminisim
My personal favourite (along with Time Out) of the free magazines on offer, it is a great mix of informative articles and fun stuff.
This weeks issue has an interview with the lead in Unbreakable: Kimmy Schmidt everybody’s favourite new show.
It also has an interesting article (in light of the Queen turning 90) in which women in their 90’s talk about their lives.
3. Shortlist – Stylist for men
Shortlist is the brother magazine of Stylist geared at men. Whereas my partner reads Stylist and can get something out of it, I don’t think Shortlist is quite as translatable to a female audience, some essential funkiness is missing.
This week features quite a long article on differing types of Stag Do’s and (Foodie, Sporty and WTF among them).
There’s an interview with the very nice and funny Rob Brydon.
I must give them props for their super funny and entertaining regular cloumn ‘middle class war’ which this week features Freddie Flintoff and Austin Stowell.
4. Time Out – The irreverent heart of the city
Time Out is the king of the free magazines, it’s brash, chatty, funny and knows what’s going on, just like London itself.
Time Out is great because you can usually read it cover to cover, it has listings for all the major things happening in the city and it’s great if you are visiting and/or living here and are looking for new things.
This week had an in-depth feature on coffee in London which is frankly right up my alley, it even had a section on ‘off-piste’ coffee that you can try in the city and will give you instant Instagram clout.
Their regular column ‘word on the street’ is so funny you will look like a loon laughing aloud on the tube in the mornings!.
5.Sport – For the sporting types
Ok, it has been a very long time since I have been much of a sports fan, so it might not be entirely fair to review this one, but I read it in the interests of research.
The cover features a young gentleman by the name of Marouane Fellaini who I discover is a midfielder at Manchester United (trust me, 15 years ago I could name you half the Premier League).
There’s also an interview with a weighlifter named Zoe Smith, and an article on the Grand National.
All in all, London has some great free magazines to keep you amused amused during your commute, and saves you having to buy ones you have to pay for.